You will need
1 Wipe the object so that it is clean and dry. Pour lukewarm water into a container and have the plaster bandages ready. We used Gypsona 50mm plaster bandages that cost about R48 for three metres.
2 Cut the bandage into pieces that will be easy to work with, and that are appropriate for your object’s size and shape. Make sure no moisture gets onto the bandage pieces before you dip them into the water.
3 Wearing your latex gloves, take the first piece of plaster bandage and pull it through the water for about 3-5 seconds so that the entire strip is wet.
4 Place the strip onto your object and rub against it with your finger – the plaster powder will dissolve in the water and spread all over the bandage as you rub it. It will begin to set within a few minutes.
5 Dip the next strip of bandage into the water and then place it on the object – overlap the two bandages slightly. Continue in this way to cover the entire object with plaster.
6 Finish off the tricky sections neatly. Make sure the whole object is covered and leave it to stand overnight to dry and become completely white.
Text and images: Ideas magazine